Road signs in Germany

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These road signs are used in Germany.

Warning signs[edit]

General Danger or Traffic Control[1][2]

Regulatory signs[edit]

Pedestrian signs[edit]

Railway level crossing signs[edit]


You Must Yield to All Rail Traffic or Rail Signals, No Overtaking Allowed within Zone[4]


Reißverschlussverfahren[5] - "Zipper Rule" for 1-Way Traffic Merging & 2-Way Traffic Priorities

Environmental Factors[edit]

Yield as necessary to not endanger yourself or other road users

Traffic Priority - Priority roads[edit]

Yield to All Pedestrians or Bicycles, Priority Travel Does Not Yield, Signal All Turns

Other Factors[edit]

Yield or Reduce Speed as Necessary [6]

Vehicle Classifications & Specifics[edit]

Official (base) Symbols in Germany as per Straßenverkehrs-Ordnung (StVO) § 39 Verkehrszeichen[8]


Red Ring - In addition to any sign/placard, the Red Ring forbids (in general) the item noted and anything of greater size or value; i.e., if a car is pictured, then not only are cars not permitted verboten but also trucks too.

A Red Ring is also a traffic sign itself... No Vehicles (of any type) Permitted, Pushing Motorcycles/Mopeds/Bicycles Permitted

Bicycles & Mopeds[edit]


Classified as above/below 500 cc motor size, and with or without sidecar


Personenkraftwagen - Pkw[9] - "Powered Car for (the transport of) Persons"; e.g., cars/automobiles

Recreational Vehicles, Farm Equipment or Animal Powered[edit]

Trucks & Lorries[edit]

Lastkraftwagen - Lkw[10] - "Powered Car for Loads", e.g., truck, lorry, semi, tractor-trailer

Kraftfahrzeuge (Kfz)[11] mit einer zulässigen Gesamtmasse über 3,5 t, einschließlich ihrer Anhänger, und Zugmaschinen, ausgenommen Personenkraftwagen und Kraftomnibusse - Motor vehicles with a maximum authorized mass of more than 3,5 t, including their trailers, and tractors other than cars and buses

Restrictions & Allowances for Vehicles (generally larger) than Cars[edit]

Dangerous or Hazardous Cargos[edit]

Buses, Public Transit & Rail[edit]

Buses (generally) and trains (always) have the priority/right of way[13]


Primary Road Classifications & Related Signs[edit]


Basic Traffic Controls

Speed Controls & Limits

Passing & Overtaking



German Limited Access Highway - Blue Background[14]

Bundesstraße - Non-Limited Access Highways or Main Roads - Yellow Background[edit]

Urban or Built-up Areas[edit]

Traffic Priority - Priority roads[edit]

Yield to All Pedestrians or Bicycles, Priority Travel Does Not Yield, Signal All Turns

Paved Surfaces - 'Edge to Edge' Controls[edit]

Fahrtbahn/Streifen - Driving Lane Controls[edit]

Roadway lanes delineated by lines for/of single vehicle width

Dedicated Lane Use Required for ...[edit]

Special Zones[edit]

Stopping, Waiting, Parking[edit]

Parking is considered anything over 3 minutes

Absolutely no stopping or waiting on traffic lanes - Emergency Excepted

No waiting/standing longer than 3 minutes on traffic lanes - "Loading/Unloading & Pick-up/Drop-off Zone"

Bus Stop & Taxi Zones

Road Markings/Lines[edit]

Intersections & Crosswalks[15]

Driving Lanes

Information signs[edit]

Informational Signs[edit]

Base Traffic Symbols[edit]

Standardized Traffic Symbols[edit]


Road equipment[edit]

Retired signs[edit]

Obsolete signs since 2017 [16]

Obsolete signs since 2013 [16]


  1. ^ "§ 39 StVO 2013 - Einzelnorm".
  2. ^ "Brian's Guide to Getting Around Germany - Rules of the Road".
  3. ^ de:Bahnübergang (Deutschland)[circular reference]
  4. ^ "§ 11 EBO - Einzelnorm".
  5. ^ de:Reißverschlussverfahren[circular reference]
  6. ^ "§ 39 StVO 2013 - Einzelnorm".
  7. ^ "German Road Signs: Guide to Parking & Road Signs in Germany". Auto Europe. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  8. ^ name="LoC"
  9. ^ "Personenkraftwagen". 11 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  10. ^ "Lastkraftwagen". 16 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  11. ^ "Kraftfahrzeug". 20 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  12. ^ "Sattelzug". 25 April 2018 – via Wikipedia.
  13. ^ /Traffic: Priority (right of way)
  14. ^ "Brian's Guide to Getting Around Germany - The Autobahn".
  15. ^ de:Straßenmarkierung[circular reference]
  16. ^ a b c d "".
  17. ^ "§ 40 StVO 2013 - Einzelnorm".